Laura Moorhead, Ph.D.

Laura Moorhead
Assistant Professor, Faculty Advisor

Laura works as an assistant professor at San Francisco State's Journalism Department. Prior, she worked as a journalist for 20 years, most recently as a contributing editor at PBS Frontline/World and as a senior editor at Wired, where she was on staff for 11 years. She has written for TED and IDEO. Laura holds a PhD from Stanford’s Learning Sciences & Technology Design program, as well as a master’s from Stanford and a bachelor’s from Ball State. Her research considers questions about media literacy and open access to information. She tweets at @Laura_Moorhead.


Moorhead, L. (2018). LGBTQ+ visibility in the K–12 curriculum. Phi Delta Kappan, 100(2), 22-26.

Maggio, L. A., Ratcliff, C. L., Krakow, M., Moorhead, L. L., Enkhbayar, A., & Alperin, J. P. (2018). Making headlines: An analysis of US government-funded cancer research mentioned in online media.

Moorhead, L. & Jimenez, J. (2017). Recasting the textbook: collaborative creation of digital interactive history texts. The History Teacher. (co-authors).

Diefenthaler, A., Moorhead, L., Speicher, S., Bear, C., & Cerminaro, D. (2017). Thinking and acting like a designer: How design thinking supports innovation in K-12 education. World Innovation Summit for Education, The WISE Research Series.

Maggio, L., Moorhead, L., & Willinsky, J. (2016). A Qualitative Study of Physicians’ Varied Uses of Biomedical Research. BMJ Open.

Moorhead, L. (2015). Down the Rabbit Hole: Tracking the Humanizing Effect of John Dewey’s Pragmatism on Norbert Wiener. IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, 34(3), 64-71.

Moorhead, L., Holzmeyer, C., Maggio, L., Steinberg, R. M., & Willinsky, J. (July 2015). In an Age of Open Access to Research Policies: Physician and Public Health NGO Staff Research Use and Policy Awareness. PLOS ONE.

Moorhead, L. (2014). What war looks like: students present moments of historical crisis using primary sources and digital textbooks. Be careful what you ask for . Interdisciplinary Humanities.

Maggio, L. & Olle ten, C., Moorhead L., et al. (2014). Characterizing physicians’ information needs at the point of care. Perspectives on Medical Education, 1-11.

Maggio, L., Steinberg R., Moorhead, L., et al. (2013). Access of primary and secondary literature by health personnel in an academic health center: implications for open access. JMLA.


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